Welcome to SWO
Sufi Women Organization (SWO) was founded by Dr. Nahid Angha, and established in 1993 under the auspices of the International Association of Sufism, the only Sufi organization recognized as a United Nations NGO/DPI. As a forum of all women, across all backgrounds and faith traditions, SWO has been tremendously successful in gathering and supporting women from diverse backgrounds who share dedication to the protection and advancement of human rights. SWO contributes to many international organizations, including through its own grantmaking initiative, Women's Wisdom Women in Action Service Appreciation Grants. SWO Membership is open to people of all genders, who support human rights and dignity for all people, especially the women and children of the world. Our members include students, teachers, mothers, fathers, grandparents, therapists, aid workers, professionals, physicians, social workers, community activists, and more.
Under the direction of Dr. Nahid Angha, the Sufi Women Organization hosts a semi-annual speaker presentation program, Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action. Through this program, SWO honors leaders, activists, and humanitarians who have provided exemplary services, and seeks to bring people together to learn, to build community, and to cultivate ways of living and working that are oriented toward dignity, health and service.
Registration coming soon!
November 12, 2022
Belvie Rooks and Kahontakwas Diane Longboat in dialogue
As one of SWO’s many projects to support housing, food and basic needs, we are hosting an annual Gifts of Peace Donation Drive. Please support this virtual drive by offering what you can in donation. Let’s try to make a big impact this year as we launch this drive. Donations are tax deductible. Thank you for joining SWO in promoting the community health and well-being!This year we are supporting these two local organizations:
One Warm Coat, based out of San Francisco supports donations of coats to adults and children. One dollar donation provides one coat.
SF-Marin Food Bank supports people locally with food donation and advocates for reform at the state and national levels to change policy around issues of hunger and resource management. Note: Before September 30, 2022, your donation to the Food Bank will be matched by Delta Dental, which means your gift will be doubled.
Wisdom’s Wisdom: Women in Action
Service Appreciation Grant
The Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action program established in 1999 by Dr. Nahid Angha, is offering Annual Service Appreciation Grants. Service Appreciation Grants honor and support those who have shown excellence in the following areas:
Significantly improving the quality of life of women through social programs: health care, employment, and conflict resolution
Advocating to reduce poverty among women
Improving gender equality in public and/or private life
Promoting women’s and girls’ right to access education
The Women’s Wisdom: Women in Action Service Appreciation Grant program is designed to honor and support the work of a woman or a women-led organization in rural neighborhoods. Nominations for candidates is solicited and invited solely by the Women in Action program. All candidates must be nominated by a colleague(s) or by an individual(s) who has come to understand the work of the woman or women-led organization, and all nominees are reviewed by a panel of judges. Previous recipients include:
Become a Member of SWO
Becoming a member of the Sufi Women Organization is the best way to connect with a truly diverse group of like-minded women from around the world while supporting the many humanitarian, social service projects of SWO.
Arife Hammerle, Ph.D., holds a Juris Doctorate and Doctorate in Clinical Psychology and is a licensed Marriage and Family Therapist. She has extensive experience working with clients on relationship development, self growth and communication issues in the Community Healing Centers program affiliated with the International Association of Sufism. She has written many articles and is frequently called upon to give lectures and lead workshops in psycho-spiritual knowledge, Sufi Principles and Practices and Meditation. Dr. Hammerle is a member of the SWO Council. Her work has always focused on social change for the advancement of women and girls. She is a member of the International Association of Sufism and a student of Sufism and an accomplished author who has completed research linking psychology and spirituality.
Nancy Roybal has been active member of the SWO Council from 2012 to the present under the guidance of Dr. Nahid Angha, founder of the Sufi Women Organization (SWO), a department of the International Association of Sufism. She is the editor of the Sufi Women Quarterly Newsletter. She has served on the Harvest fundraising committee, and supports the recipients of the Women’s Wisdom Women in Action service appreciation grant program. Nancy is a key member of the Women Wisdom Women in Action lecture series committee and the Marin Interfaith Council board of directors. She is a women’s rights activist with a long history of promoting active relationships with international humanitarian organizations.